Are Scotch Eggs Really Scottish?

Honestly, it’s one of those recipes that are shrouded in deep mystery and controversy when it comes to determining it’s origin. There are a dozen different theories – some say that the idea of encasing a pre-cooked egg in meat came from North Africa, not Scotland. The method gradually travelled to Britain via France.

While another food historian makes the connection of the recipe to a Mughlai Curry from the Indian subcontinent, called Nargisi Koftays it bears a close similarity to the Indian dish. Nargisi Koftay consist of hard-boiled eggs coated with cooked spiced minced meat, fried and then cut into half and served in a tomato and onion based curry.

Then some place them in Yorkshire where they were initially coated with a creamy fish paste instead of sausage meat. Others claim their birthplace is a department store in London who made this snack which was later on nicknamed after the officers of the Scots guard who were very fond of the snack. And I’m sure there are a hundred more stories!

My Mom’s Vegetarian Scotch Eggs

These potato scotch eggs are my mother’s recipe. I used to ask her to make these for my birthdays. She deep fried them, but you can also make baked scotch eggs with the same recipe.

Potatoes and eggs are two of my most favourite ingredients to work with in the kitchen. Also, they are two of the most versatile ingredients ever. What can really go wrong when you are putting these two together?

I continue to make this yummy snack for my not-meat-loving girls. I’ve added a little bit to my mother’s recipe by combining scotch eggs and devilled eggs ideas. The yolks in my recipe are mixed with butter, mustard, black pepper and herbs to make the whole thing more flavoursome and creamier in texture.

Enjoy these potato scotch eggs as a snack, a starter, or side dish.


4 eggs, hard boiled
5 medium potatoes, boiled and mashed
1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 egg, beaten
1 cup corn flour
2 cups bread crumbs
1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon butter
a small bunch parsley or fresh coriander, chopped
1 stalk spring onion
1 green chilli pepper or 1 teaspoon dry chilli flakes (optional)

This Is What You Do:

Boil, peel and mash potatoes. Add red chilli pepper, ground cumin seeds, garlic powder, chopped parsley and salt, mix well. Leave in the fridge for 10 minutes, or till you boil the eggs.

Once the eggs are hard boiled, wrap them up in the potato mix, so that they become bigger eggs. Make sure the potato coating is even and smooth, and hugs the eggs tightly.

Roll each egg in corn flour, then dip in the beaten egg and then roll in breadcrumbs so that the eggs are completely covered with crumbs on all sides.

Method 1: Deep Frying the Eggs

Heat oil in a wok for deep frying. Make sure the oil is hot enough before you slip in the eggs (test by dropping in a few breadcrumbs, they should immediately rise to the surface and turn brown).

Fry the eggs till the coating turns golden brown, scoop out with a slotted spoon and drain excess oil on paper towel.

Method 2: Baking the Eggs

You can bake these potato scotch eggs as I did, to cut down the calories.

Heat oven at 175 degrees C. Prepare the eggs as before, just place them in a lightly greased oven proof dish.

Bake for 30 minutes, occasionally turning the sides till they are golden brown on all around.
Wait a few minutes before you cut them.

Now comes my little twist to the traditional scotch eggs:

Cut a scotch egg into two halves, scoop out the yolks with a teaspoon. Mix the yolks with butter, mustard, chopped spring onions and peppers. Spoon them back in potato scotch eggs.

Enjoy more flavoursome scotch eggs!

Makes 8 scotch eggs .

9 Replies to “Baked Scotch Eggs with Potato”

  1. Lovely recipe Maria!! Yes there is the similarity with Nargisi koftey!! Since I do not eat meat , can try this with potatoes.. and true eggs and potatoes are such versatile ingredients.. can be used in so many ways

  2. I assume having lots of theories is indicative of how popular the dish is, perhaps throughout the world.
    Your version surely contains more kicks with mustard and multiple chili peppers!

  3. I made this tonight and it is definitely delicious. I like the egg filling. Next time I’ll try to tweak with leftover regular mashed potatoes with butter and milk versus plain with the spices, and plain breadcrumbs versus the Italian Panko I used tonight. What would be even better is baked potatoes with the skins on, if I can figure out how to do it.

    1. Hello Barb!
      Thank you for trying out the recipe. Yes, by all means experiment with it to suit your taste that’s the fun of home cooking.
      Mustard sauce is a roux (butter, flour, milk) and mustard based creamy sauce. Goes great with a variety of foods.
      Red chile/chilli/chili are different spellings used for red peppers in different regions. The powdered red chilli peppers are used commonly in South Asia. You can replace them with paprika or skip altogether.
      You can bake whole potatoes with skin on, then cut them lengthwise, scoop out some potato to fit in boiled egg halves.
      Or as I make for another recipe, core whole potatoes and stuff them with cottage cheese, dried fruits and nuts, then bake whole.

  4. My fav are the eggs and potatoes too. I can keep tap on the amount I buy weekly because these two ingredients are like my savior for quick fix meals. Awesome outcome and lovely, I can see how the two ingredients and others have married so well.

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